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Gulf crisis: Qatar makes legal complaint to WTO over trade boycott

Prime News, International, Doha, August 1:- Qatar has filed a legal complaint at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to challenge the trade boycott by the four Arab countries, the local media reported.

Qatar-Gulf crisis or simply Gulf crisis began when several countries abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017 on the charges of Qatar allegedly supporting the so-called terrorist groups.

Qatar has triggered a 60 day deadline for them to settle the complaint or face litigation at the WTO and potential retaliatory trade sanctions.

Saudi Arabia, together with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, have cut ties with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting terrorism and maintaining ties with Iran.

The Saudi-led bloc even issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar later last month, including closing Al-Jazeera News service, stopping supporting terrorism, and downgrading its ties with Iran, as major preconditions for ending their boycott.

The WTO suit, however, does not include Egypt. Despite cutting travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar, Egypt has not expelled Qatari citizens or asked Egyptians to leave Qatar.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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